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DVD title: The Lord of the Rings - The Motion Picture Trilogy (Special Extended DVD Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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My top three favorite fantasy films in one convenient box

I won't belabor the points that others have made so well before me. "Lord of the Rings" is simply the best fantasy to come to film ever. These films were crafted with an eye to authenticity and loving detail and are worthy of the timeless classic that inspired them.

I came late to Tolkien, having started "Fellowship of the Ring" just a few days before the first movie opened. The book's better for 90% of movie adaptations, but these films are so perfectly cast with the faces and scenery that I envisioned when I read the books, it's impossible for me to pick a favorte. The extended versions of the films add footage that provides useful explanations for plot points and characterization. Scenery from New Zealand is breathtaking, acting is award winning, music is beyond moving. I think the only thing that might make this better is to package the soundtracks for the three films together with this edition. Buy these films. You will want to see them over and over.

Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
Director: Peter Jackson
Elijah Wood

DVD title: Mobile Suit Gundam Wing - Operation 1
Productgroup: DVD
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Mobile Suits, Gundams, the Alliance, OH MY!

Action, drama, and a whole lotta a** kicking! That pretty much sums up Gundam Wing. Though the first episode isn't all that interesting, hang in there, it gets good. Gundam Wing is quite possibly the best thing that's ever happened to anime since the pencil.
The kids are gonna love this one.....

Studio: Pioneer Video
Director: Gordon Hunt

DVD title: Love and Basketball (New Line Platinum Series)
Productgroup: DVD
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Sanaa! Sanaa! Sanaa!

Love and Basketball was such an inspiring movie. I literally watch this movie 8 times in 5 days. I could never get enough of it. If you have been thinking about renting this movie do it, do it now, hey why not buy it. You will watch this movie over and over again. The two stars Sanaa Lathan and Omar Epps are excellent. Sanaa does and excellent job. She can pull of any roll. In the beginning of the Movie You see Sanaa as Monica the teenager. She can play any age. This movie is like watching your own friends on screen. By the end of the movie you will have swore it was real.

Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood
Sanaa Lathan
Omar Epps

DVD title: The Silence of the Lambs - Criterion Collection
Productgroup: DVD
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The best suspence movie I've ever seen. In my openion it tops the Alfred Hitchcock's thriller "Physco".

Studio: Home Vision Entertainment
Director: Jonathan Demme
Jodie Foster
Anthony Hopkins

DVD title: Hellraiser - Inferno
Productgroup: DVD
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"Welcome to Hell" - Pinhead

This is the best film in the series besides the first 2 films! I rate this five stars out of 5

Studio: Dimension Home Video
Director: Scott Derrickson

DVD title: Father Ted - The Complete Series 2
Productgroup: DVD
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Father Ted--A Reason To Live

Just when I'd thought that I would never experience the thrill of an uncontrollable belly laugh again, Father Ted comes along and slays me silly. Irreverent, clever, and utterly orignial, Father Ted will tickle your funny bone bigtime, and what is more, the laughs go up with each viewing, as the absurdity becomes more and more apparent and the myriad of subtle nuances are discerned.
If you are uninitiated, then let me enlighten you: The thing about Father Ted and his cohorts are that they are the least committed priests ever, and the episodes are more about their non-priestly impulses and adventures, which Ted is gifted at rationalizing in the name of the Almighty. There is more drinking, swearing and lawbreaking in ths show than can be found on most post-prime time network shows. Yet they look and act like your garden variety loveable priests, and the dichotomy between the appearance and the reality is a HOOT.
Think of how fun and ridiculous Black Adder is. Or Ab Fab. Well, Father Ted is totally right up there, with a charmingly Irish, parochial twist.

Studio: BBC Video

DVD title: Payback
Productgroup: DVD
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This is Rugged Mel for you

I really enjoyed this movie mainly because of the style and the story. One of the things I really enjoyed about it is the 70's feel. the cars are also really good looking. Payback is the best mixture of fast cars smart theives and mean mobsters."It's time to root for the bad guy!"

Studio: Paramount Studio
Director: Brian Helgeland
Mel Gibson

DVD title: Downfall
Productgroup: DVD
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So few true innocents

One of 2004's best films, DOWNFALL (DER UNTERGANG), recreates the last days of Adolph Hitler and his sycophants in the F?hrer's bunker below the Reich Chancellery as the noose drawn by vengeful Soviet armies gets ever tighter.

The film actually opens in 1942 at Hitler's East Prussia command post as Adolph (Bruno Ganz) meets several young woman brought from Berlin to be interviewed for a job as his personal secretary. Young Traudl Junge (Alexandra Maria Lara) lands the plum assignment, and it's mostly from her perspective that the remainder of the story is told as the scene shifts to Berlin in April 1945.

DOWNFALL is based on Joachim Fest's book, INSIDE HITLER'S BUNKER, and the volume BIS ZUR LETZTEN STUNDE by Traudl Junge and Melissa M?ller. Indeed, the real Junge, by then an old woman, provides voiceovers both at the beginning and end of the film, and appears in person before the final credits. (The 2002 documentary, BLIND SPOT, is an extended interview with Traudl, in which she expresses "plausible deniability" for the atrocities perpetuated by her employer.)

All of the major and minor players familiar to students of the period are represented: Joseph and Magda Goebbels and their offspring, Eva Braun, Speer, Fegelein, Weidling, Mohnke, Himmler, Krebs, Burgdorf, Keitel, Jodl, G?nsche, Bormann, G?ring, Hewel, Ritter von Greim, Reitsch, Stumpfegger, Kempa, Manziarly, Christian, Haase, Schenck, Linge, and Blondi (Hitler's German shepherd). DOWNFALL seems a faithful representation of all I've ever read about those last days in Hitler's hidey-hole.

DOWNFALL has been coined a "German film for Germans", perhaps thinking that the despicability of the Nazi hierarchy will somehow be toned down for a home audience. True, the film's creators show heroism and selflessness where they can find it: the dogged and brave defense of Berlin's city center by Generals Mohnke (Andr? Hennicke) and Weidling (Michael Mendl), the concern for the civilian population and wounded by Doctors Schenck (Christian Berkel) and Haase (Mathias Habich), and even the bravery of Speer (Heino Ferch) in disobeying Hitler's orders to reduce Germany's infrastructure to scorched earth. But DOWNFALL also depicts Der F?hrer's antipathy for the Jews and his volcanic, recriminatory outbursts against his generals and the German people for their ostensible treachery and cowardice, the self-serving conniving of Himmler (Ulrich Noethen), the actions of the assassination squads above ground seeking out perceived malingerers and deserters, the to-the-death fanaticism of defenders no more than children, and the blind and irrational loyalty of Joseph (Ulrich Matthes) and Magda (Corinna Harfouch) Goebbels to Hitler. Indeed, perhaps the hardest sequence to watch is that of Magda killing her own children - Helga, Hilde, Helmut, Hedda, Holde - with cyanide capsules after first drugging them with a sleeping potion. She'd decided that they didn't deserve to live in a world devoid of National Socialism. At one point, the oldest girl, Helga, sensing something is amiss with her mother's intentions, resists taking the soporific, but is forced to submit by Magda and Dr. Stumpfegger (Thorsten Krohn). The Goebbels children, along with Hitler's dog Blondi, who was poisoned by his master to test the effects of the cyanide capsules provided by Himmler, are the only innocents here, and the viewer's heart may well bleed for them.

The performance by Bruno Ganz was of Oscar caliber. He was certainly more deserving of a nomination than a couple of the actors so honored at the recent Academy Awards ceremony. However, can you imagine the wailing and gnashing of teeth by the Politically Correct had Bruno's ADOLPH HITLER been acclaimed for the brilliant rendition it is?

For those who'd criticize DOWNFALL as humanizing Hitler and his cronies, I have a breaking news flash. Hello!?! These men and women were defective, but still Homo sapiens all. Those who'd put these deviants beyond the pale of the species are just as deluded as those who'd deny that the Holocaust ever took place, and they may just as well put their heads back under the sand. It's a tired adage, but, forget history and you'll repeat it.

My only complaint was that many of the characters, unless introduced to the audience by having their names verbalized in the dialogue, are left too long unidentified. There should have been visual captions at the first appearance of each. Himmler, Goebbels, and perhaps Speer, are immediately recognizable, but it took too long into the run time to identify such as Bormann, G?nsche, Weidling, Krebs, Burgdorf, Keitel, and Jodl.

DOWNFALL is a must-see film for anybody interested in the death throes of Hitler's Reich. It was nominated for an Academy Award as the Best Foreign Language Film of 2004. It lost out to THE SEA INSIDE, a lesser movie. The fact that the latter was itself exceptional should be an indication of how superb a production DOWNFALL is.

Studio: Columbia Tristar Hom
Director: Oliver Hirschbiegel
Bruno Ganz
Alexandra Maria Lara
Corinna Harfouch
Ulrich Matthes
Juliane Köhler

DVD title: My Magic Dog
Productgroup: DVD
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it was a wonderfull heart warming movie

its a great movie and you have to wach thers a suprise at the end

Studio: Ardustry Home Entert
Director: John Putch

DVD title: Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
Productgroup: DVD
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The best movie of all time!

Murder, money, greed, and so much more. How could it get any better? Just ask the characters of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil! Their contributions have made it the best movie of all time! Kevin Spacey, John Cusack as well as all of the other cast members made me want to be there in the middle of the action. The movie, the book, the A&E documentary and visiting the city have all made for a great experience. You haven't lived untill you have lived through their eyes.

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Clint Eastwood
John Cusack
Kevin Spacey

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